‘Major incident’ declared after hospital flooding

  • 6th December 2023

Repair work has been completed following a severe flood in the basement of the women and children’s unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The flood on 6 November, which caused a power and network outage throughout the building, led to the declaration of a ‘level 2 major incident’ by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with patients being evacuated.

And Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service was called in to reduce the localised flooding, with further work required to clear the area of standing water.

As a result of the works, some elective surgery procedures and outpatient appointments were rescheduled.

But, in an update, the trust’s deputy chief executive, Steve Christian, said the critical incident had been formally ‘stood down’.

He added: “I am proud of how the trust has responded to these issues, across all services and in conjunction with our partners in the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System.

“It has been a true team effort that ensured patients and their families continued to receive the vital care they needed.

“While the critical incident has now formally been stood down, it is clear we still have much work to do in restoring elective treatment and outpatient appointments that were unavoidably cancelled as part of our response.”

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